Saturday, November 17, 2012

Big & Little Dipper

We just learned about the North Star.

Up in the sky at night, you can usually see one or two groups of stars that look kind of like a measuring cup, scooper, ladle or spoon.

A group of stars is called a constellation, and these are called the big dipper and little dipper.

The big dipper is also part of a constellation called ursa major.
big dipper
(From: Wikipedia - big dipper)

The little dipper is part of a constellation called ursa minor and the north star polaris is one of the stars in the little dipper
little dipper
(From: Wikipedia - ursa minor)